A healthy pregnancy begins before you become pregnant. In fact, it begins long before you’ve even considered motherhood. Certain health conditions, risk factors, foods and medications can affect an unborn child if a woman becomes pregnant. Statistics show that half of all pregnancies are unplanned, so maintaining good health and good habits is a great idea even if you are not currently planning a pregnancy.
Whether this is your first, second or sixth baby, the following are important steps to help you get ready for the healthiest pregnancy possible. Women and men should prepare for pregnancy at least three months before getting pregnant.
1. See your physician for an annual check-up. Discuss what you should be doing to prepare for future healthy pregnancies. It’s best to be at a healthy weight when you become pregnant, as being overweight or underweight puts you at increased risk for problems during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about family health histories before becoming pregnant. This information can help your doctor find out any genetic risks you might have.
2. If you have a medical condition, work with your physician to be sure it is under control. Some conditions that can affect pregnancy, or be affected by it, include asthma, diabetes, oral health, thyroid disorders, high blood pressure, obesity, depression or epilepsy.